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OC Dad Allegedly Caught on Camera Torturing Infant Son

A hidden camera shows Joshua Allen Robey punching, strangling, shaking and trying to suffocate his 2-month-old son, prosecutors say.

Joshua Allen Robey (Photo courtesy OCDA)
Joshua Allen Robey (Photo courtesy OCDA)
An Orange County man will stand trial Thursday after allegedly being caught on a hidden camera swinging his 2-month-old son by the neck, then punching, strangling, shaking and trying to suffocate the infant, officials said.

Joshua Allen Robey, 26, of Costa Mesa, is charged with attempted murder, torture and child abuse with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a child under 5 years old, the Orange County district attorney's office reported. Robey's trial will be held at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

If convicted, he faces a maximum 15 years to life in state prison.

According to prosecutors, in October 2011 Robey was living in Anaheim with his girlfriend of two years, their 2-month-old son and his girlfriend's mother. He then moved to a Costa Mesa motel.

Three weeks after he moved out, Robey went back to his girlfriend's home to babysit their son. His girlfriend had secretly installed a hidden camera, because she thought Robey was cheating on her, authorities said.

The D.A.'s office said the camera caught Robey strangling, slapping and punching his baby in the chest. He was also seen wrapping a blanket around the baby's neck, lifting the blanket like a noose, and swinging the baby around for more than a minute. Robey also grabbed his son by the throat, lifted him in the air and shook him over and over, prosecutors said.

When the baby began to cry, Robey allegedly tried to suffocate him by covering the infant's mouth with a blanket and putting tape over his nose and mouth.

Robey's girlfriend saw the alleged child abuse when she watched the video. The infant's grandmother saw the tape the next day and took the baby to the hospital, prosecutors said.

Robey was arrested at a motel in Santa Ana that night.

Authorities said the baby suffered fractured ribs, bleeds to the brain and liver injuries.

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Amy Jo Osborn August 16, 2013 at 01:08 PM
part of his punishment should be that they dangle him by a noose around his neck and when he starts crying tape his mouth shut and punch the shit outta him. When he goes to jail they should play the video of what he did to his own son for all his fellow inmates to watch. I have a feeling they would get some "justice"
Maria August 16, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The mother watched the video but it was the NEXT day when the grandmother watched the video that the baby was then taken to the hospital! WHY!! Something is really wrong with the FN mother! CPS need to get involve and ask her why did she wait, there was NO need for her to wait, she had proof of the abuse.. she is an IDIOT!!!
Linda Smith August 17, 2013 at 07:42 AM
15 to life??? How about life without parole. The mother should be charged for waiting and doing nothing.
Lisa Killian August 20, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I hope the authorities give the mother a swift kick in the ass for not immediately taking her baby to the hospital. Also did she not know about the jerk abusing another baby prior to this incident? I would bet she knew. But she was so wrapped up in her own personal drama (him cheating on her) that her baby was the last thing on her mind when she set up that camera. This poor child didn't stand a chance of ever being loved properly by either of these yahoo's. Mom should be sterilized and Dad should be put to death by public stoning. Yes!!
Tonya Wright Greer August 22, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Dont even bother with the court system. He will live better in prison then he currently does. Just take him out back and be done with it.

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